Arvind Katoch

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Bore of going to office, want to work at home, and want to give more time to family. Choose your own convenient hours of working. Now you can get this flexibility. Which can save your time and money on commuting? Thanks to Telecommuting, also called as telework. It is the ability to do work at a location other than your office premises. You only need a portable computer, a high speed internet links and pocket communication device. With the help of them, one can work anywhere, anytime. The basic equipment is a telephone and a PC with broadband internet connection. IP telephony allows a person to send voice, fax and other information on internet, thus converging data, voice and video.

With the world turning into a global market and companies finding it increasingly difficult to manage the global teams. This has caused the companies to re-think some of their management skills. Analysts have found that by giving the opportunity to employs to work as par their convince, can save companies millions. Sun has saved $250 million so far by this method. Analyst says work which doesn’t need the employs physical presence can be done from locations other than office. Companies in IT/BPO, media and adverting companies can offer their employs telecommuting. Professionals on move or self employed professionals can also use telework.

Telecommuting is ideal for sales professional, especially in non HQ locations. They need to spend time in front of both customers and laptop/phone. With telecommuting both of these activities can be done. This can help companies to reduce the cost on administration. Web conferencing both video and audio is becoming very important. The technology and infrastructure used for the telecommuting are available in most part of the world, making its use easier. However, some work may not be suitable for telecommuting like the jobs require the access to material. Moreover the security reseasons prevent it use. In west these concepts are very popular, but in India it has to catch still. Benefits-

1) Gives the control over schedule, more time for family and freedom from interruptions.

2) Reduce stress and improve family relation.

3) Gives flexible working hours and save time on commuting.

4) Cost of running the business comes very less. Saves the cost on huge real estate and expensive infrastructure.

5) Help in the reduction of pollution and traffic problems.


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